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  • The Sentence Is Death

  • Detective Daniel Hawthorne, Book 2
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498

Passion, deception, an unexplained death and a detective with quite a lot to hide lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's brilliant new murder mystery, the second in the best-selling series starring Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne. William Pryce is an elegant, smooth-tongued lawyer who has made a fortune out of celebrity divorces - and a lot of enemies in the process. Unmarried himself, he lives in a handsome bachelor pad on the edge of Hampstead Heath. Or, rather, he used to....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Writing is On the Wall - GREAT NEW SERIES!

  • By Patricia on 08-11-18

Terrifically different Detective Stories

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-18

I read the first book in this series and thought that was terrific and I'm happy to say the sequel is just as good. The books are a very different take on the usual Detective stories. It's cultivated writing with subtle humour. There's no wonder Horowitz gets to write for quality television productions - the quality of his work is manifest in his fictional books. Kinnear bothered me with his portayal (voicing) of a female Detective but other than that his narration is good.

  • The Chinaman

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Russell Boulter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

Jungle-skilled, silent, and lethal, he had killed for the Viet Cong and then for the Americans. He had watched helpless as his two eldest daughters were raped and killed by Thai pirates. Now, all that was behind him. Quiet, hard-working, and unassuming, he was building up his South London take-away business - until the day his wife and youngest daughter were murdered by an IRA bomb. That was when the Chinaman, denied justice, decided on revenge...and went back to war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New to Stephen Leather

  • By Glynn on 02-01-10

A romp through the 'Troubles' but with a twist

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this book - a quite different romp through the Irish situation back in the eighties. Well read too by Russell Boulter and, as always, well written by Stephen Leather. I hope there is a sequel.

  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,507
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,103

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

  • By Mikey on 19-09-18

Not the best from Rowling

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-18

Far too much time was spent on Robin's angst and the relationship with her husband and Strike. The book got a bit better after half way but the story was pretty weak and I got bored.

  • You're Next

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593

‘I know you, don’t I?’ Five words - that’s all it takes to plunge Mike Wingate and his family into mortal danger. Mike doesn’t recognise the crippled stranger who approaches him at a party... but the stranger seems to know all about him. What has Mike done? Do they have the wrong man? Overnight, the threats become attacks, and Mike, his wife, and their young daughter learn they aren’t safe anywhere - especially not their own home. He doesn’t know who they are. He doesn’t know what they want.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrated by the master himself

  • By Ms. A. Allin on 22-05-16

It Got Better

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-18

The first half of the book spent too much time on the childhood of the main character. It was necessary to give the overall story context but it was far too lengthy and I nearly gave up. It did get better though.

  • The Burning

  • By: Jane Casey
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon, Penelope Rawlins, Paul Thornley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413

Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious detective constable, keen to make her mark on the murder task force. Her male colleagues believe Maeve’s empathy makes her weak, but the more she learns about the latest victim, Rebecca Haworth, from her grieving friends and family, the more determined Maeve becomes to bring her murderer to justice. But how do you catch a killer no one has seen? And when so much of the evidence they leave behind has gone up in smoke?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really strong Detective Story Read with style

  • By Gavingks on 28-08-15

Disappointing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-09-18

Dragged on. Poor narration - for one character in particular the narrator's voice was quite wrong. And as for the last chapter, all of it was devoted to the murderer taking us back to childhood and through adult life to present day in order to explain and justify the murder. It was incredibly boring and I stopped listening. I'll not be listening to any Jane Casey novels again.

  • The Retribution

  • A Tony Hill & Carol Jordan Novel
  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423

In 2010, Val McDermid received the prestigious CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, which honours outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing. Her last novel, Trick of the Dark, hit the best-seller lists, and now she returns with The Retribution. Tony Hill, criminal profiler and hero of TV's Wire in the Blood, is back in a terrifying psychological thriller. Teaming up once again with Carol Jordan, the pair face a serial killer unlike any they have ever encountered before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen

  • By Judith on 08-11-11

Boring. Laboured. Bad narration.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-18

I've never listened to a Val McDermid novel before and I probably shall not do so again. The story was boring and predictable but made much worse by a narrator with the most uninteresting voice - a voice that sounded far too posh for this type of book. He sounded as if he should be narrating the Queen's speech in the 1950s - so very wrong. He failed to adapt the voice to suit the various characters - every one had the same voice. Terrible. I barely got a quarter of the way through he was so annoying - I couldn't carry on.

  • Hope to Die

  • DS Nathan Cody, Book 2
  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429

On a bitterly cold winter's night, Liverpool is left stunned by a brutal murder in the grounds of the city's Anglican Cathedral. A killer is on the loose, driven by a chilling rage. Put on the case, DS Nathan Cody is quickly stumped. Wherever he digs, the victim seems to be almost angelic - no one has a bad word to say, let alone a motive for such a violent murder. And Cody has other things on his mind, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gobsmacked

  • By Jackie Cody on 09-04-17

Weird

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-06-17

Would you try another book written by David Jackson or narrated by Jonathan Keeble?

I hated this book. The occult, the Bible and Religion, Devil's sitting in tunnels....... all masking as some sort of Detective novel. It wasn't it was just boring and weird. I would not download another David Jackson book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was very disappointed. I don't recall any indication before buying to suggest it would be this type of genre.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,327

My name is Peter Grant, and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

Silly

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-15

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who enjoy fantasies perhaps?

What could Ben Aaronovitch have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He could have made it less ridiculous. It was okay until the rampage at the Opera House and then it just became too silly for words. I gave up at that stage.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith?

Possibly. It wasn't his fault the book was so silly.

What character would you cut from Rivers of London?

All of them.

Any additional comments?

I shall not be reading any more from this author.

  • The Head Case

  • DCI Tom Caton Manchester Murder Mysteries Series, Book 2
  • By: Bill Rogers
  • Narrated by: Michael Troughton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Roger Standing, commander of the British Empire and the prime minister's special adviser for education, is murdered. DCI Tom Caton is not short of suspects. But if this is a simple mugging gone wrong then why has MI5 ransacked his apartment, and why is Special Branch disrupting the investigation? And why are the widow and her son taking the news so calmly? Roger Standing was not what he seemed...and something is rotten in the corridors of power. Will the killer strike again?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant book, well researched and written

  • By katy on 27-09-15

Weak story made worse by poor reader.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better story, less banal conversations between characters and a reader with character in his voice. He was too weak. Made the lead detective sound weak - almost femine.

What will your next listen be?

Not Bill Rogers or this reader that is for sure.

Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Troughton’s performances?

Absolutely not.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Head Case?

All the chit chat got on my nerves.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful